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Durham University

Centre for Catholic Studies


Refugee Hosts project: First newsletter now available

(23 April 2017)

The four year AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts project (2016-2020), which is investigating local community experiences of and responses to conflict induced displacement from Syria: views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, is delighted to announce the release of our first newsletter. You can read and download the newsletter on the project's website

Durham University’s Dr Anna Rowlands is a Co-Investigator on the project, and will lead on activities relating to the roles of faith in displacement and on the development of a Religious Literacy Handbook. Dr Rowlands will also be working with Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL), Professor Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) and Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (UEA) as well as our project partners and collaborators PEN-International, English PEN, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, Save the Children and Stories in Transit.

Refugee Hosts aims to fill a major evidence gap about the roles played by local communities – including those that explicitly or implicitly identify with and are motivated by faith – in responding to the needs of those displaced by conflict. Through hundreds of interviews, participatory workshops and creative writing workshops with and in nine local communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, we also aim to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which encounters between diverse groups are perceived, traced and navigated.

We also argue that exploring the agency of refugees engaging in under-researched processes of ‘refugee-refugee humanitarianism’ is particularly significant given the increasingly protracted, and often overlapping, processes of conflict-induced displacement in the Middle East.

For more information about the project, please visit or email the Project and Communications Coordinator Aydan Greatrick on

You can also follow the project on Twitter (@RefugeeHosts) and on Facebook ( If you want to receive updates straight to your inbox, don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter here.